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IRM Newsletters
Issue 1 - Summer 2019 
Issue 2 - Winter 2019
Issue 3 - Spring 2020
Issue 4 - Summer 2020

2019 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report - The IRM is excited to release our 2019 Annual Report. This report gives an overview of last year's activities, facts, figures and other details about our work.

Previous Annual Reports
2018 Annual Report
2017 Annual Report

Online Training on Grievance Redress Mechanisms

The IRM has developed an online training course on key concepts relating to Grievance Redress Mechanisms, which is available on the “GCF iLearn platform”. Primarily designed for strengthening the GRMs of Direct Access Entities of the Green Climate Fund, this course is equally beneficial for individuals and institutions interested in learning about how to set up and implement an effective GRM.

IRM Advisory Reports 

IRM Advisory Report on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment in GCF projects or programmes

The IRM is mandated to report to the Board on lessons learned and insights gained from handling cases and from good international practices. This Advisory Report on the prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment in GCF projects and programmes (P&PrSEAH) draws useful lessons for the GCF from two complaints that were submitted to the World Bank’s Inspection Panel. The complaints concerned widespread sexual abuse and harassment of women and girls in the shadow of two World Bank projects in Uganda and the DRC. The Advisory Report makes recommendations for how the GCF could prevent and/or mitigate P&PrSEAH risks as part of its environmental and social safeguards. To view the Advisory Report and the Management Response from the GCF Secretariat, follow the links below: 

Activity Reports to the Board
IRM Activity Report to B. 26 (Watch the IRM's video presentation of the report to the Board)
IRM Activity Report to B. 25

IRM Activity Report to B. 24
IRM Activity Report to B. 23
IRM Activity Report to B. 22
IRM Activity Report to B. 21
IRM Activity Report to B. 20
IRM Activity Report to B. 19
IRM Activity Report to B. 18

IRM Work Plan and Budget
Work Plan and Budget 2020
Work Plan and Budget 2019
Work Plan and Budget 2018
Work Plan and Budget 2017

Relevant GCF Policies
2017 Updated Terms of Reference
Procedures and Guidelines of the IRM
Supporting Operating Procedures of the IRM on Retaliation

Interim Environmental and Social Safeguards
Environmental and Social Policy
Information Disclosure Policy
Indigenous Peoples Policy
Updated Gender Policy and Action Plan 2020-2023

Document Archive
2014 IRM Terms of Reference (Updated by 2017 IRM Terms of Reference)
Interim Procedures for Redress: Reconsideration of Funding Decisions

Additional Resources
Grievance mechanisms are key to a project or programme’s ability to deliver sustainable outcomes. Almost every project or programme, and particularly those that are resource-intensive, will have an impact on the environment and host communities, beneficiaries, or other stakeholders. The impacts may be good or bad, or a combination of both. They may vary in scope and range and, given the complexity of the environments where most GCF-funded activities take place, it is also natural that tensions or conflict may arise as a project or programme is implemented.

Grievance mechanisms play a key role in providing trusted channels for complaints to be brought forward and for problems to be resolved before they escalate in intensity or severity. They often signal to the project or programme implementers where improvements or changes may be made. As such, they are essential parts of community relations and risk management strategies. It is no surprise then that they are also required under GCF policies, and that the IRM has the mandate to help increase the capacity of direct access entities in this regard.

As a starting point, the IRM has collected a variety of resources and toolkits to provide general guidance and references to those looking to implement a grievance mechanism.

Independent Accountability Mechanism Network (IAMNET)
IAMNET is a network of Independent Accountability Mechanisms (IAMs) that seeks to identify and foster means for collaboration, cooperation, and knowledge sharing amongst the IAMS. Learn more about IAMNET in the video below.